- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 4, 2006

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A judge set bond at $230,000 yesterday for a former Department of Homeland Security press aide accused of having sexually explicit conversations with someone he thought was a teenage girl who was actually an undercover detective.

Dressed in orange jail garb, Brian J. Doyle, 55, appeared before state Circuit Judge J. Dale Durrance after being extradited Wednesday from Maryland, where he has been held without bond since his arrest April 4.

Mr. Doyle faces 23 felony charges, including 16 counts of sending pornographic movie clips to a minor. His arraignment is set for May 23.

“This is a nightmare for anyone,” his attorney, Barry H. Helfand, said outside court. “He was depressed when he left Maryland. He is just as depressed now. To say the least, he is very, very frightened about what is going to happen.”

Mr. Doyle, who resigned from the department, purportedly provided an undercover Polk County sheriff’s detective with his government-issued office phone and cell phone numbers, showed off his department ID and may have used his official computer in the communications.

“Very graphic descriptions were sent by Mr. Doyle to the 14-year-old about what he wanted to do to her sexually,” the detective, Sandy Scherer, told the judge during the hearing.

Detective Scherer said she talked to Mr. Doyle on the phone posing as a 14-year-old girl after Mr. Doyle made initial contact with another detective on the Internet March 12.

Mr. Doyle did not speak in court except to answer “yes, sir” when the judge asked if he understood his rights.

Mr. Helfand said he would get at least two mental health professionals to examine his client as part of his defense.

If convicted, Mr. Doyle could spend the rest of his life in prison, Mr. Helfand said.

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